Jimmy Carter recently told AARP in an interview that “Many Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color.”
Watch out for flying pigs and hell freezing over, because Jimmy Carter has finally said something that I agree with.
Let’s examine his statement. I think that it would be impossible to refute the part where he states that many Americans (I assume he means whites) have “feelings of superiority to people of color” (I assume he means blacks). For the purposes of this essay, I’m defining “people of color” to mean blacks only – not other “people of color.”
Given the evidence, it’s an entirely appropriate conclusion.
First, in all fairness, I must state that we’re talking about black “people of color” as a group. To be sure, there are many blacks who have exhibited superior abilities and/or intelligence compared to the majority of whites, so obviously there are exceptions. I submit, as a few examples, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Lt. Colonel Allen West, and I could name countless others, including personal friends and co-workers, whom I consider to be equal or superior to the average white person (myself included). Of course, there are exceptions. If the exceptions were the rule, whites would probably think themselves to be inferior to blacks.
But, as a group, I believe that the evidence provides ample support for an opinion that whites are superior to blacks.
That statement alone will no doubt get me labeled as a racist.
But, it’s not an opinion, it’s a statement of fact. If my statement is factual, it’s not racist, it’s a fact.
Some will take issue with the statement, some will immediately label it as a racist statement, but they will not be able to refute the following evidence. Consider the following reasons that a white person might feel superior to blacks.
Consider the following facts:
- According to the National Vital Statistics Report on births for 2012 (latest data), out-of-wedlock births for blacks were 72.2%. For non-Hispanic whites the rate was 29.4%. It is a fact that the groups with the highest illegitimacy rates can be expected to struggle economically, educationally, and are more susceptible to criminal activity.
- Politifact judged Don Lemon of CNN to be correct when he claimed that 67% of black children live in single-parent households (with no father present). Whites account for only 25%.
- According to the U.S. Census, the percent of black families living in poverty was (in 2013) 27.2%. For white (not Hispanic), the figure was 9.6%.
- The unemployment rate for blacks (in 2015) is 10.4%, for whites it’s 4.8%. This from Business Insider, January 2015.
- The percentage of working-age population (25-64) with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) shows whites with a 30% level and blacks with only 15%. This data is from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
- Graduation rates from high school are at about the same percentages with a 15% advantage to whites.
- Blacks are disproportionately responsible for criminal activity in the United States. From Crime in the United States 2012 (the FBI report), blacks are charged with 28.1% of all crimes, despite only making up 12% of the population, and blacks are charged with 49.4% of murders with whites accounting for 48.2% – again, remembering that blacks only make up 12% of the population.
- In a 2010 study, blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders. The victimization rate for blacks (27.8 per 100,000) was 6 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000). The offending rate for blacks (34.4 per 100,000) was almost 8 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000) from: Bureau of Justice Statistics.
- Research by Stanford University shows that although African-Americans constitute only 12 percent of America’s population, they represent 40 percent of the nation’s prison inmates.
- Black and white IQ test scores gap varies from 13.5 to 15 points in favor of whites. This from a book, The Black-White Test Score Gap reviewed by the New York Times.
- And when TV news shows images of rioting and looting, who is doing the rioting and looting? A rhetorical question that feeds the perception that blacks are inferior.
There is more, but you’ve seen enough. Given the evidence, it is entirely appropriate for any objective individual to conclude that whites are superior to blacks; the facts speak for themselves.
None of those statistics provide a reason that the statement is factual. There are many reasons for each of the presented facts, and many of them are environmental. For example, young blacks living in an inner city neighborhood of a big city are more likely to get a poor education, less likely to have a job, more likely to get into trouble, etc. They are more likely to riot and loot if they perceive some injustice has been committed. They are also the ones who are most apt to be combative and belligerent when confronted by authority and many are openly racist against whites. As a group, they bring down the perception of blacks across the board. Drugs and gangs also contribute to inner city blacks in bringing down the overall perception of the general black population.
Any reasonably intelligent individual over the age of 40 knows that all blacks are not represented by the statistics presented above, but the individuals contributing to the statistics are so numerous they tend to skew the perception of all blacks downward.
I don’t have the answers, and it would be presumptive of me to offer specific solutions to the previous list of black problems when I have neither the time nor the resources to do it justice. And, more qualified people than I have tried to pinpoint the reasons for the problems of the black community – with little success.
I will confess that I think that the source of most of the problems of the black community is the dissolution of the black family. What we have today is the result of little (or no) family supervision, not being taught responsibility and having few real role models to instill the desire for education and appreciation for honor and character in one’s life. Without a strong family environment, many black youth accept gang participation as a replacement.
No, my only point was to affirm Jimmy Carter’s statement that, as a group, whites do view themselves as being superior to blacks and there is ample empirical evidence to support that conclusion.